VINTON, Samuel Finley (1792-1862)

VINTON, SAMUEL FINLEY, a Representative from Ohio; born in South Hadley, Mass., September 25, 1792; was graduated from Williams College, Williamstown, Mass., in 1814; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1816 and commenced practice in Gallipolis, Ohio; held several local offices; elected to the Eighteenth through Twenty-second Congresses, elected as an Anti-Jacksonian to the Twenty-third Congress, and elected as a Whig to the Twenty-fourth Congress (March 4, 1823-March 3, 1837); declined to be a candidate for renomination in 1836; elected as a Whig to the Twenty-eighth and to the three succeeding Congresses (March 4, 1843-March 3, 1851); chairman, Committee on Ways and Means (Thirtieth Congress); was not a candidate for renomination in 1850; unsuccessful candidate for election as Governor of Ohio in 1851; appointed by President Lincoln in 1862 to appraise the slaves emancipated in the District of Columbia; died in Washington, D.C., May 11, 1862; interment in Pine Street Cemetery, Gallipolis, Gallia County, Ohio.

Alabama Department of Archives and History
Montgomery, AL
Papers: In the John Test Papers, 1800-1844, 0.33 cubic foot.
Other authors include Samuel Vinton.


New-York Historical Society
New York, NY
Papers: August 9, 1846; February 26, 1847. 2 letters.
Finding aid in repository.


Dartmouth College
Rauner Special Collections Library
Hanover, NH
Papers: 1833, 2 pages.
A letter from Samuel F. Vinton to Daniel Webster written on June 29, 1833. In the letter, Vinton writes that he regrets not seeing Webster while he was in the West.


Library of Congress
Manuscript Division
Washington, DC
Papers: In the William Bebb Papers, ca. 1705-1849, 0.2 linear foot.
Correspondents include Samuel Vinton.

Papers: In the Thomas Ewing Family Papers, 1757-1941, 123.2 linear feet.
Correspondents include Samuel Vinton.

Papers: In the Charles Hammond Papers, 1793-1840, 1 cubic foot.
Persons represented include Samuel Vinton.


The Morgan Library
Literary and Historical Manuscripts
New York, NY
Papers: 1845, 1 item.
A letter from Samuel Vinton to Mordecai Bartley written on November 24, 1845. In the letter, Vinton writes on legal matters.


New England Historic Genealogical Society
Boston, MA
Papers: In the John Wingate Thornton Papers, 1694-1884, 2 linear feet.
Correspondents include Samuel Vinton.


Ohio Historical Society
Columbus, OH
Papers: 1839, 1 item.
A letter from Samuel Vinton to James Hall written on February 20, 1839. In the letter, Vinton writes regarding a check that Hall sent to Vinton.

Papers: 1849, 1 item.
A letter from Samuel Vinton to Philip Greeley written on January 7, 1849. In the letter, Vinton writes regarding Greeley's appearance before the ways and means committee to seek modification of the tariff.

Papers: In the Philemon Beecher Ewing Papers 1837-1906, 1.5 cubic feet.
Other authors include Samuel Vinton.


Yale University Library
Manuscripts and Archives
New Haven, CT
Papers: In the Pierce-Dahlgren-Vinton Family Papers, 1792-1936, 7.25 linear feet.
The papers of Samuel Finley Vinton include courtship letters to his fiancé.

  • Baldwin, Charles Candee. Samuel F. Vinton and the southern boundary of Ohio. [Cleveland, Ohio: Press of the F. W. Roberts Co., 1895].
  • Dahlgren, Madeleine Vinton. Samuel Finley Vinton. A biographical sketch. [Columbus?: N.p., 1895?]
  • ------. Substance of an argument of Samuel F. Vinton, for the defendants, in the case of the Commonwealth of Virginia vs. Peter M. Garner and others, for an alleged abduction of certain slaves: Delivered before the General Court of Virginia, at its December term, 1845. Marietta, Ohio: Printed at the Intelligencer Office, 1846.
  • Vinton, Samuel Finley. Argument concerning boundary line between Ohio and Virginia. Columbus: N.p., 1895.
  • ------. Speech of Mr. Vinton, on the emigration of Indians. Washington: Printed by Gales & Seaton, 1828.
  • [Winthrop, Robert Charles]. Notice of Jeremiah Morrow and Samuel F. Vinton, of Ohio, with a correction of some errors. [Boston: N.p., 1890].